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Lithuania

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Parliament

Openness and transparency

Information about access to parliamentary documents, parliament’s reporting to the public, parliament’s relation to Freedom of Information laws, and lobbying.

Parliamentary documents

The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance.
The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance.
Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site.
Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website.
Citizens can submit comments on draft legislation on the parliamentary web site

Annual reporting by parliament

Parliament publishes an annual report on its activities
The annual report is available on the parliamentary web site
No
Parliament publishes the parliamentary budget
Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public: Only the total amount; A summary of the main elements; The complete budget
A summary of the main elements
The parliamentary budget is available on the parliamentary web site
Yes

Access to parliament

Plenary meetings are open to the public
Notes
As a rule, Seimas sittings are open. Yet, at the request of the Speaker of the Seimas, the President of the Republic, or the Prime Minister, and at the decision of the Seimas, a closed sitting may be held as an exception. It may be attended by Members of the Seimas, those persons specially invited to the sitting, and by personnel of the Secretariat of Plenary Sittings(Article 101 of the Statute of the Seimas).
Committee meetings are open to the public
Notes
Committee meetings may be closed when information is discussed relating to State or commercial secrets or other information the use and furnishing of which are restricted by law. A decision to hld a closed meeting is adopted by a majority vote of the Committee members. (Statute of the Seimas, art. 53 and 101)
There is a dedicated channel for broadcasting parliamentary meetings A dedicated channel is one that is mainly about parliament, and is accessible free of charge to the general public. The channel might be owned by Parliament or a public or private company. Dedicated channels may be broadcast by parliament, government, or another broadcaster. They may be carried on television, radio or the Internet (webcasting).
Media used for the dedicated channel
TV
Radio
Webcast
Meetings broadcast on the dedicated channel
Plenary sittings

Freedom of information

There is a freedom of information law in the country
Yes
Parliament is subject to the freedom of information law
Parliament has an office/division dedicated to FOI requests
Yes
Categories of Information that are exempt from disclosure Certain categories of information may be exempt from disclosure
The provisions of the Law on the Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions does not apply to the following information: - information, handling of which is not related to the fulfilment of functions delegated by legal acts to state and municipal institutions or agencies, except for information about salary of employees of state and municipal institutions and agencies; - information which is the subject of industrial property rights of state and municipal institutions and agencies or of copyright or related rights of third parties or sui generis rights of database authors; - information which according to laws is recognised as confidential for the reasons of national or public security, national defence interests or restricted use of statistical data or which includes state, official, commercial, professional or bank secrets, as well as in other cases provided by laws; - where according to the procedure established by legal acts a person is required to justify the aim of the use of the requested information; - where information is exchanged between public administration institutions in cases of official assistance.

Lobbying

There are rules about the activities of lobbyists in parliament
Source
Law on Lobbying Activities. Lithuanian lobbyists aren’t required to be registered in a particular state institution. Persons (legal or natural) intended to engage in lobbying activities are required to register in the Chief Official Ethics Commission (see article 9 of the Law on Lobbying Activities) and may perform lobbying activities in every state or municipal institution including parliament. http://www3.lrs.lt/pls/inter/dokpaieska.showdoc_l?p_id=437743
There is a register of accredited lobbyists
The register of accredited lobbyists is available on the parliamentary web site
No